The State Department ordered its remaining staff at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to leave Afghanistan due to a possible outbreak of conflict as American troops prepare to pull out from the country.
The State Department said in their latest travel advisory that it had “ordered the departure from U.S. Embassy Kabul of U.S. government employees whose functions can be performed elsewhere.”
The order did not specify the number of people affected or the scope of the deployment.
The advisory also warned American citizens to avoid travel to Afghanistan and those there who want to depart “should leave as soon as possible on available commercial flights.”
Charge d’affaires Ross Wilson said the departure order was issued “due to increasing violence and threat reports.”
A U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan said that it no longer made sense to continue the 20-year deployment of American troops in the country.
Gen. Austin Miller, the top general of the US in Afghanistan, said they have begun closing down operations in the country and that Afghanistan’s security forces had to be ready to take over soon.
US President Joe Biden announced on April 14 plans to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by September 11 but Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of the U.S. Central Command said that there would be security personnel that would be left at the embassy to keep it functioning.
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